Middle East

The English Premier League has begun a search to recruit a head of media-rights sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

National Olympic Committees from Central Asia met in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan at the weekend and agreed to revive a regional games in 2021

London-based sports marketing agency CSM has been appointed to play a major role in a new joint venture between Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, …

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has submitted an application to host the 2027 edition of the Asian Cup national team tournament

The International Table Tennis Federation has agreed a sponsorship deal with Chinese sports content, marketing and entertainment platform LD Sports

The Infront agency has acquired a stake in the AI-based video tracking and analytics company, Videocites, and will introduce the firm’s technology to its rights clients.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly close to extending its presence in the global sports market with a £340m (€403.9m/$444.9m

Movez, an Israeli start-up company that is launching a mobile app for football skills, has become the latest company in which the German Football League (DFL) has acquired shares

Qatar has taken another step towards addressing the accommodation challenges it faces for the 2022 Fifa World Cup after a partnership to offer an array of floating hotels was signed, while world football’s g…

Dubai’s reputation as an ever-changing metropolis that refuses to stand still contrasts with a carefully-crafted sports events strategy that has demonstrated remarkable consistency stretching back years.

CR7 wins best player at Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai Special career award for Brazil legend Ronaldo

Abu Dhabi will take centre stage as two of the world’s top football competitions, the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017-2018 and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, come to town. Alexis Dijksterhuis of Abu Dhabi-based ticketing and events company FLASH Entertainment is relishing the prospect.

Sport in Saudi Arabia is on the cusp of enormous change. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the heir to the kingdom’s throne and one of the two most powerful men in the country along with his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz – has targeted sport as one of the vehicles of his ambitious plan to transform the country.

The Iranian Football Federation has threatened to withdraw its teams from the Asian Football Confederation Champions League in protest at the introduction of a ban on the country hosting matches in the…

Manchester United have cancelled plans to travel to the Middle East in February due to security concerns and political tensions in the region

Formula 1 is in talks over staging a grand prix in Saudi Arabia, with reports claiming that a deal worth £50m (€58.3m/$64.9m) per year is under discussion.

Iranian taekwondo Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh has said she's permanently left her home country to live in Europe

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has acquired naming rights to a new arena being developed in Abu Dhabi.

The United States Soccer Federation has called off a training camp for the US men's national team in Qatar this month "due to the developing situation in the region

The International Cricket Council is investigating betting-linked corruption at the Qatar T10 league, which took place this month in Doha

Saudi Arabia is hosting its first ever women's golf tournament in March next year, under an agreement between the Ladies European Tour, Golf Saudi and the Saudi Golf Federation

Israel Cycling Academy (ICA) has signed up not for-profit organisation Start-Up Nation Central as a title sponsor ahead of its debut season on the UCI World Tour in 2020

World number two golfer Rory McIlroy has ruled out taking part in next month's European Tour event in Saudi Arabia, despite being offered a large appearance fee

World Snooker has announced a 10-year deal with Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority for a lucrative new tournament to be hosted in the country from 2020

Fifa Club World Cup games planned to take place this month at Qatar's new Education City Stadium have been moved after the venue failed to get necessary safety certifications in time

Qatari telecommunications provider Ooredoo has been unveiled as the latest national supporter of the upcoming Fifa Club World Cup, which kicks off in Doha this month

US golfer Tiger Woods has revealed he turned down a $3m appearance fee to play at the controversial Saudi International tournament on the European Tour early next year

Branding and signage firm The Look Company has signed as the second National Supporter of Fifa Club World Cup 2019 in Qatar

Luigi De Siervo, Italian Lega Serie A’s chief executive, has said a “multi-year agreement” for Italian Super Cup finals to be played in Saudi Arabia that pre-dated his arrival in the role is the key i…

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has said it will hold talks to determine the dates of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon, while the governing body has been forced into a new…

Swiss private banking group Julius Baer has agreed a two-season extension to its global sponsorship of Formula E, while the electric racing series has retained Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) as title…

Racecourse Media Group, the holding company responsible for media and data rights distribution to a host of UK racecourses, has reported a “hugely encouraging” uptake from broadcasters for the International Tro…

Middle Eastern logistics firm GWC has signed as the first Official National Supporter of the 2019 Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar. The company will deliver logistics and supply chain services for the event

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) of the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup has moved to address some of the accommodation issues surrounding the event by agreeing to charter two cruise ships for…

Spanish commercial duo Atresmedia and Mediaset are reported to be the latest broadcasters to shy away from a bid for domestic rights to the Supercopa, following the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF’s) dec…

Tel Aviv-based sports analytics start up Track160 has raised $5m (£3.9m/€4.5m) in Series A funding as it seeks to grow its development team and expand into new territories. 

Spanish public-service broadcaster RTVE has joined the chorus of criticism concerning the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) decision to stage its Supercopa club competition in Saudi Arabia, stating i…